Green light for multi-million Rosebank Distillery revival

Green light for multi-million Rosebank Distillery revival

Planning permission has been granted for Ian Macleod Distillers to start work on the multi-million pound redevelopment of its Rosebank Distillery
Phoebe Calver

30 January 2019

Falkirk Council has awarded planning permission to the Rosebank restoration project, after it ceased production in 1993.

The extensive work needed to revitalise the Distillery is expected to begin shortly, generating 25 full time jobs for the local economy when distillation commences in Autumn 2020.

Plans include a new 1,000-square metre contemporary and energy-efficient distillery and the iconic Rosebank chimney will remain in place. Other historically significant canal side buildings will be retained and refurbished for use as a visitor centre, tasting room, shop and warehouse space.

Leonard Russell, managing director of Ian Macleod Distillers, owners of Rosebank, said: “We’re delighted to have reached this significant milestone of the Rosebank redevelopment project. To bring back to life an iconic distillery and quintessential Lowland single malt is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“Our investment goes beyond production. We’re proud to be investing in Falkirk by adding to the town’s flourishing economy and tourism scene with a new Rosebank Visitor Centre, to help tell the story of this remarkable whisky.

“Rosebank Distillery has a very special place in Scotland’s whisky heritage and we’re committed to ensuring this remains the case. We will strive to replicate the unique Rosebank style by once more employing the unique techniques of triple distillation and worm tub condensers, for which this iconic Lowland single malt is famed.”

Following planning approval from Falkirk Council, Ian Macleod is purchasing the Rosebank site from its current owners, Scottish Canals.

Russell added: “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals for their support of our vision to revive Rosebank Distillery. The backing from both parties has brought our vision to life and enabled the smooth running of this initial phase of the project. We look forward to continuing these relationships as we progress through the next stages.”

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